“People’s minds wander 47% of the time and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.”
Mindfulness meditation develops inner tools that help you manage stress more effectively, relax and feel calm, cope with difficult situations and improve attention, memory and performance. Over the last couple of decades, thousands of research articles have been published establishing the efficacy of practicing mindfulness as a way of reducing stress and improving medical and psychological symptoms.
Stress has been associated directly with the development of chronic illness such as cardiovascular disorders, hypertension, obesity, anxiety and depression. It has been clinically proven that mindfulness helps reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, reduces blood pressure, improves sleep, help you manage obesity and eating disorders and improves many other conditions.
In this free class Juan will give a brief introduction to the basics of mindfulness: what is mindfulness, how is it different from other types of meditation and how to practice mindfulness. He will also do a guided meditation so you can start practicing right away. This class is for everyone regardless of whether you are a beginner or an experienced meditator. Donations will be accepted but not required.
Juan Jose Reyes M.D. is the founder of Mindstay, a company that provides mindfulness programs to health and wellness professionals. Juan is a Board Certified physician and is currently pursuing a Masters in Integrative Medicine at George Washington University. He is a qualified Mindfulness Instructor and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher by the UCSD Mindfulness Professional Training Institute and by the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Healthcare, Medicine and Society founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He started his own journey with meditation in 2006 after completing a ten-day Vipassana retreat with the teachings of SN Goenka and has been practicing meditation daily for the last 11 years.